To the Manor Born

Season 4 Episode 1

Christmas Special 2007

Aired Sunday 8:40 PM Dec 25, 2007 on BBC
out of 10
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Christmas Special 2007
It's Audrey and Richard's silver wedding anniversary and the couple prepare to celebrate in style. However, something is about to disturb life at the estate and Audrey, with the help of her old friend Marjorie, has to rescue 400 years of history. She also has to defend a community and save her marriage at the same time.moreless

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  • An updated version of 'To the Manor Born' with some original, albeit aged characters with all the quirkiness and eccentricity of the original series in beautiful decor and settings.

    It is eccentric, quirky, and dated but it somehow induces a nostalgic sense of warmth for the old ways of England. The original series was also a bit out of touch with the everyday person but I think that is what made it especially endearing as it was a reminder of how life could be for the gentry but also how easily life could be shattered for the gentry by the modern world. The characters in the 2007 review are for the most part the original characters, aged a little but still retaining their mannerisms and personal styles. I loved watching this special and I was totally engrossed with the story. I wish there were more to come but sadly it looks like it was just a one hour special treat made in 2007 which I finally caught up with in 2010!moreless
  • Compared with most 'one-offs' years later this one scores highly.

    When a programme I loved comes back years after it had finished for a 'one-off' special I always worry: will it be as good? Will the characters be the same? Will the actors still be as good as before?

    In the case of this I was very happy to discover the answer to all 3 questions was 'yes!'. As with all one-off episodes not a whole lot happened, but it was great to see that the chemistry was still there.

    Both Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles still look good and still interact brilliantly with Angela Thorne as always being the '3rd party' and playing it well. There was the old familiar 'fall out - get back together' storyline which kept people entertained for 3 series, but it was nice to have the human sides of both lead characters shown with them both admitting (although not to each other) that they disliked being apart.

    The way in which the 'gone but not forgotten' characters were brought into the storyline was really nicely done and just added to the sense that this was a group of people glad to be back together.

    All in all a lovely addition to what I always considered a great series.moreless
  • Audrey and Richard celebrate their 25th anniversary

    Enjoyable reunion with beloved characters but not much happened, really.

    I liked how they started off with images from the series. The actors and actresses clearly aged, but not too bad. It was nice that they mentioned and referred to old favourites who have since passed on but have not been forgotten.

    The script was fairly typical, they fight, they make up. She's a snob, he's got the money. Audrey assumes command whenever she can and treats Marjorie like a servant rather than a long-time friend.

    The one outstanding and out-of-character moment was when Audrey admitted to missing Richard. I thought that was a very human touch...

    Oh yeah, I was disappointed that the flirting between Adam and Marjorie came to nothing. She deserved more!!!moreless
Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Adam fforbes-Hamilton

Guest Star

Alan David

Alan David


Guest Star

Michael Cochrane

Michael Cochrane

Archie Pennington-Booth

Guest Star

Gerald Sim

Gerald Sim

The Rector

Recurring Role

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